Local Information

What’s going on in and around the town and local community.

Details for the Councillor Surgery on Monday 25th September

Councillor Surgery

What’s On Blackfordby

Whats On



Following documents produced by external consultants, AECOM, suggested amendments to the existing housing and design policies were presented to the Steering Group at its meeting on Friday 11th August 2023.



This meeting has been arranged to review the amended policies as well as setting up the next subgroup(s) which will be focused around employment, town centre and transport.

If you are interested in attending our next meeting and also potentially joining one of our subgroups, please contact the Town Council office on 01530 416961 or admin@ashbytowncouncil.gov.uk so we have an idea of numbers.

If you are unable to attend the next meeting but would like to be involved with the review of the existing Ashby de la Zouch Neighbourhood Plan, please contact the Town Council Office as above – your input would be very welcome.

The current Neighbourhood Plan, as well as minutes and agendas etc of the Neighbourhood Plan Review, are all available to view on the Town Council’s website:

Ashby de la Zouch Neighbourhood Plan Review



Come and see what the u3a has to offer for retired or semi retired persons

Are you bored or have nothing better to do? Ashby u3a has 23 interest groups ranging from Arts and Crafts to Computing to Gardening to Science & Technology and to Walking to mention only a few

Come and join us on at one of our monthly meetings at the Congregational Church Kilwardby St Ashby on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 1.30pm for 2pm to learn more. There will be tea, coffee and biscuits being served

or visit www.ashbyu3a.co.uk

Time to get walking again!

With Spring on its way we start to think about getting out to walk in the beautiful English countryside again, but where to find new and interesting walks?

Walking in Leicestershire https://www.walkinginengland.co.uk/leics has loads of walks to download and print, free, it also has books of walks, details of all the walking groups in the county and much more. Whether you want to walk on your own or with a group all the information is there in one place.

John Harris (who maintains the website) said ‘There is so much walking information on the web but it is difficult to find. Walking in Leicestershire (part of the Walking in England website) has brought it together in one place so whether you are walking from home, or away on holiday, you will be able to find a walk suitable for you’.

With walks from half a mile to twelve miles plus long, and a note of suitability for pushchairs and wheelchairs, everyone can find a walk to enjoy.

So home or away, check out the websites and get walking!

Volunteering for Hospice Hope

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Registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation No. 1169561

Volunteering for Hospice Hope

Hospice Hope was formed at the closure of the Sue Ryder hospice at Staunton Harold in 2002.  Its vision was to see pop in centres and a day support centre operating within our district for individuals who have a condition that leads to a reduction in quality of life or who have been diagnosed with a life limiting condition as well as offering support to their partner or carer.  This vision has been largely achieved and since the Covid pandemic it has been expanded to cover Counselling and Befriending for both of which there is a great need.  The number of people we serve has risen by 90% since the beginning of lockdown.

Now that lockdown is over, the support cafes have reopened and we are looking to make concrete plans to move into our Day Care Centre for the community to be called Bright Hope House in Swannington.  This is expected to be towards the end of 2022.

In order to achieve all of this, the Charity relies heavily upon its volunteers and as the need for its services grow, more volunteers are needed.

So here is an opportunity to join one of the most established Charities in the area and to contribute to helping and supporting those individuals who have a condition that leads to a reduction in quality of life or who have been diagnosed with a life limiting condition as well as offering support to their partner or carer.

The variety of volunteering opportunities is wide and you could be a befriender, a support café helper, a driver, an event attender or indeed any other way that springs to mind.

Our amazing team will be delighted to welcome you on board, so do not delay this opportunity, contact us today by phone, email or through our website.


Our Charity Administrator on 07935 800 658





Or contact us by post at our registered address:

Hospice Hope, 23 Ashby Road, Ravenstone, Leicestershire LE67 2AA.